CLIA Cruise Podcast

Check out the latest CLIA Cruise podcast! Bringing you news from across the globe, live from London. 

You can download the podcast through iTunes by clicking here or you can stream the podcast by clicking below. As the first of many, we're eager to hear your thoughts, so send us your screenshots and tag us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter and let us know what you think.

Episode 71 - River Cruise Conference: Uniworld MD Chris Townson

 

Live from the conference floor at CLIA River Cruise Conference 2019 in Amsterdam, Andy Harmer and Travel Weekly's Lucy Huxley sit down with Uniworld MD Chris Townson to talk about how the industry has changed, and the cruise line's new focus on Super Ships.

Episode 70 - Cruise 360 Malta: Azamara's Richard Twynam

 

Our final day at #Cruise360Malta began as we hopped aboard Azamara Pursuit. Greeted by the team, Toby sat down with UK & Ireland Managing Director, Richard Twynam, to discuss the brand, the decision to move away from 'Club Cruises', and the increased focus on destination immersion.

Episode 69 - Cruise 360 Malta: Holland America Line's Lynn Narraway & Wendy Lahmich

 

Coming to you live from Malta, some of our travel agents got a chance to hop aboard Holland America Line Koningsdam, where Andy Harmer sat down with Managing Director Lynn Narraways and Head of Sales Wendy Lahmich to discuss Malta, the event and the future of Holland America Line.

Episode 68 - EVP Rai Caluori Aboard Sky Princess & Cruise Adviser's Sam Ballard And Anthony Pearce

 

Coming to you live from aboard Princess Cruises' brand new Sky Princess, Charlotte Humphrey sits down with Princess Cruises EVP Rai Caluori to discuss what innovations to expect on the new vessel. Later, Toby Cruse sits down with Cruise Adviser's Sam Ballard and Anthony Pearce as they prepare to host their first adventure and expedition cruise event...

Episode 67 - Azamara CEO Larry Pimentel

This week we head back to CLIA Conference 2019 to listen to the full speech of one of our fantastic, inspirational speakers, Azamara CEO Larry Pimentel, who takes us on a journey from his impoverished upbringing to looking forward to the Next Generation of cruisers....

Episode 66 - Silversea's Connie Georgiou

Silversea Cruises' Connie Georgiou joins us in our latest live learning session, where she discusses luxury, expedition and the Silversea brand.

Episode 65 - Fred River Cruises' David Chidley

This week, Andy sat down with the head of sales for Fred River Cruise, David Chidley to talk about the river lines they work with and to answer your questions in our facebook live learning session.

Episode 64 - Celebrity Cruises' Galapagos Director

Celebrity Cruises' Susana Romero takes us on a trip to the Galapagos as she discusses everything you need to know about the region - from the sights and scenery to the unique scientific opportunities cruising brings...

Episode 63 - Princess Cruises' Tony Roberts

CLIA's Charlotte Humphrey joined Princess Cruises' Tony Roberts in Italy, hopping aboard the upcoming Sky Princess to talk about next generation technology and the future of Princess...

Episode 62 - Giles Hawke

Avalon Waterways' Giles Hawke talks about the growth of the river cruise sector, and the unique ways cruising is tackling growing environmental and sustainability concerns.

Episode 61 - Gary Bembridge Returns!

Back by popular demand, travel expert and cruise YouTuber Gary Bembridge returns to CLIA HQ to talk about how you can focus on your mind, body and soul, improving your wellness on your next cruise holiday...

Episode 60 - Caroline Corfield-Rose

Our Facebook Live Learning Sessions return with the Port of Seattle's Caroline Corfield-Rose joined Andy to answer your questions and to let you in on some of the lesser-known secrets of Seattle and Washington State.

Episode 59 - Leon Hand

In another of our Live Learning Sessions, Celebrity Cruises' Leon Hand joins us in the studio to discuss everything from Edge to Flora and beyond. Leon also answers the pressing questions, including: 'why is Celebrity the Kate Middleton of cruises?' 

Episode 58 - Scenic Eclipse Special

In a special bonus episode, we spoke to Scenic's Director of Sales UK, Joseph Grimley to mark the inaugural sailing of Scenic's brand new ultra-luxury ship, Scenic Eclipse.

Episode 57 - Colin Downing

This week we joined Colin Downing in Amsterdam to get a look onboard the upcoming Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse, where Colin discusses everything from the unique design decisions to getting Dame Helen Mirren in a submarine...

Episode 56 - Shane Riley

Virgin Voyages Shane Riley talks to CLIA's Andy Harmer on what's happening at Virgin Voyages. Plus find out what agents and passengers can look forward to from this "Rebellious Luxe" Cruise line...

Episode 55 - Tom McAlpin

Speaking at the CLIA Cruise Conference 2019, just before Sir Richard Branson's surprise entrance, Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin sat down with Lucy Huxley to talk about how the cruise line wants to break the mould...

Episode 54 - Luke Smith

 

In our first ever CLIA Live learning session - our Facebook Livestream Q&A - this week, talking all things Carnival, from the upcoming Carnival Mardis Gras to Carnival Radiance, is head of international sales for Carnival Cruise Line, Luke Smith. 

Episode 53 - Gary Bembridge

Andy sits down with cruise and travel expert Gary Bembridge to talk about the importance of social media.

Episode 52 - Iain Powell and Robert Halfpenny

Toby Cruse hopped aboard Saga's brand new Spirit of Discovery to talk to Head of Trade Sales, Iain Powell. Later, Andy Harmer talks with Aurora Expeditions' Managing Director Robert Halfpenny. 

Episode 51 - Ellen Bettridge

Andy heads to the beautiful French city of Bordeaux to talk to Uniworld President & CEO, Ellen Bettridge aboard the newly-relaunched SS Bon Voyage. Later, Peter Kollar returns to give us the latest from CLIA Australasia.

Episode 50 - Ben Bouldin

Andy Harmer hops aboard Royal Caribbean's brand new ship, Spectrum of the Seas, and is joined by Director of Sales, Ben Bouldin. Later, Peter Kollar gives us an update from CLIA Australasia.

Episode 49 - Ellen Bettridge and Felicity Aston

Ahead of their appearances at CLIA Conference 2019, Toby sat down with two guest speakers to discuss the #NextGeneration of cruising; President and CEO of Uniworld, Ellen Bettridge, and Polar explorer Felicity Aston.

Episode 48 - Dr Alex George

Andy sits down with Love Island's Dr Alex to talk about new-found fame, his medical career, as well as his first experience cruising in the Caribbean.

Episode 47 - Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

 

Celebrity Cruises' President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo joins Andy Harmer and Travel Weekly's Lucy Huxley aboard the brand new Celebrity Edge to talk about opening the ship to travel agents for the first time in the UK...

Episode 46 - Frank Del Rio

NCLH President and CEO, Frank Del Rio, joins Andy Harmer and Lucy Huxley to answer your questions!

Episode 45 - Duncan James

Andy Harmer snuck backstage at The Rocky Horror Show to talk to Blue and Hollyoaks star Duncan James, who discusses his time aboard Carnival, and where he wants to cruise next. Later, Peter Kollar gives us an update from Australasia.

Episode 44 - Sir Richard Branson

 

Here's the updated audio as Virgin's Sir Richard Branson surprises the guests of CLIA Conference 2019 to talk all things #NextGeneration with Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin and Travel Weekly's Lucy Huxley.

Episode 43 - Rosy Sims & Mario Bounas

Discussing families, Royal Caribbean's Mario Bounas talks about what's next for the cruise line, while Rosy Sims reveals why P&O are continuing to invest in the UK market.

Episode 42 - Craig Upshall and Peter Shanks

Andy Harmer is joined by Peter Shanks to talk about Silversea's future with Royal Caribbean. But first, Aurora Expeditions' Craig Upshall sits down to discuss the unique nature of expedition, and the benefits of a digital detox.

 

Episode 41 - Stuart Perl

Andy Harmer sits down with AmaWaterways' Stuart Perl to discuss how river cruising has changed in the last 10+ years, and what's next for the river cruise line.

Episode 40 - Mark Spillane, Liz Jarvis And Julie Peasgood

Back by popular demand, Cruise International Magazine's Liz Jarvis and Julie Peasgood joined us to talk about families and future cruise trends. Meanwhile, Toby sits down with Crystal Yacht & Expedition's Mark Spillane to talk about how Crystal is looking to change the expedition market...

Episode 39 - Ben Bouldin, Tony Roberts, Rachel Poultney & Rebecca Kelly

Andy discusses Ireland with Princess Cruises' Rebecca Kelly, Rachel Poultney and CLIA Chair Tony Roberts. Andy also sits down with Royal Caribbean's Ben Bouldin to talk about how the company has changed in the last five years, and what's next for the cruise line.

Episode 38 - Expedition Forum

Andy Harmer and Travel Weekly's Lucy Huxley are joined on-stage at the very first Expedition Forum in London. Talking expedition is Seabourn VP Expedition Robin West, as well as an expert panel of industry specialists who talk about their favourite experiences, and what to expect from the future of the sector.

Episode 37 - Sara Macefield and Iain Baillie

 

Travel journalist Sara Macefield is back in the hotseat alongside Carnival Cruise Lines Managing Director Iain Baillie to talk about what's in store for the cruise industry in 2019, and where the next generation will take us.

Episode 36 - CroisiEurope MS Amália Rodrigues

Toby is on the Douro in Portugal for the launch of the brand new CroisiEurope ship, MS Amália Rodrigues, where he speaks with Michel Grimm, and we hear the welcome speech by Lucas Schmitter, the grandson of the original founder and CEO of CroisiEurope. Later, CLIA Australasia's Peter Kollar returns to give us his update down under.

Episode 35 - Expert Family Panel

 

Lynn Narraway, Jo Rzymowska, Sara Macefield and Becky Wiggins join us onboard the brand new MSC Bellissima to talk at an expert panel on how the family dynamic has changed, and why cruising is offering a unique option for holidaymakers.

Episode 34 - MSC Bellissima Special

Join us live from our #CLIAonBellissima event, welcomed by MSC Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago. Later we hear from our expert family panel on why family cruising is so vital to the industry, and Andy Harmer sits down for an exclusive interview with Gianni Onorato. 

Episode 33 - Peter Fotinis, Shelley Williams, Tim Faircloth and Karen Christensen

 

This week, Toby heads to Sydney, Australia to talk to some of the winners of the prestigious, sold-out awards ceremony, the CLIAs.

Episode 32 - Wendy Wu

 

Andy sits down to talk to Wendy Wu herself from Wendy Wu Tours about the booming success of Asia, how travel agents can secure bookings, and even how President Donald Trump has helped boost sales in the region...

Episode 31 - Entertainment Panel Part 2

We return to our Entertainment panel in London this week, where our guests tackle safety and how modern innovations are changing the cruising experience permanently.

Episode 30 - Entertainment Panel Part 1

MSC Cruises' Gary Glading, P&O and Cunard's Phil Yeomans and journalist and travel writer Sara Macefield head up the entertainment panel hosted by Andy Harmer this week, where they discuss how brands tackle misconceptions, and 'breaking the taboo' of scheduling a show BEFORE dinner!

Episode 29 - Liz Jarvis and Julie Peasgood

Andy sat down with Cruise International Magazine's Liz Jarvis and Julie Peasgood to discuss how the industry has changed and what the growing popularity for cruising will mean in the future. 

Episode 28 - Nick Rose, Angela Waite and Jess Shelton-Agar

Andy sat down with Angela and Jess from APT to discuss what to expect from the river cruise sector this year, while Toby hopped aboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas to talk to Director Environmental Programs, Nick Rose.

Episode 27 - Phillip Schofield and what's in store in 2019

 

TV legend Phillip Schofield sits down to talk about his experiences aboard Princess Cruises with his family, and Toby puts Andy Harmer in the hotseat to discuss what to expect in 2019, upcoming events, and Brexit.

 

Episode 26 - Ching-He Huang and Rosemary Shrager

 

Talking live from the CLIA Winter Ball, Toby talks with food writer and celebrity chef Ching-He Huang about her experiences with cruise cuisine. Later, Rosemary Shrager takes centre stage to challenge Princess Cruises' Tony Roberts to a game of Table Tennis...

Episode 25 - 2018 Retrospective

We take a look back at some of our favourite interviews in our final episode before the new year! What have been your highlights? Get in touch on social media using the hashtag #CLIApod and tell us what you'd like to see more of in the new year!

 Episode 24 - Ship Launch Special 

From Miami to Malaga - Andy Harmer headed onboard the brand new Celebrity Edge and Holland America Line's Nieuw Statendam to talk with industry professionals as they look forward to the future of cruising. 

Episode 23 - Phil Nuttall And Sam Ballard 

Andy Harmer sits down with MD of the Travel Village Group Phil Nuttall to talk about his time in the industry. Later, we talk with Cruise Adviser's Sam Ballard as he discusses how cruising is changing.

Episode 22 - Gianni Onorato & Antonio Paradiso

Andy Harmer is joined by Travel Weekly's Lucy Huxley to talk with MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato and UK & Ireland Managing Director Antonio Paradiso, for an MSC special, discussing what to expect from MSC in the new year and beyond.

Episode 21 - Ellen Bettridge and Jacqueline Bott

Andy Harmer sits down with Uniworld President and CEO Ellen Bettridge to discuss the growth of the River Cruise sector before hopping aboard Cunard Queen Mary 2 to talk to Hotel General Manager Jacqueline Bott. Later, Peter Kollar updates us from Australia.

Episode 20 - Paris Special

Coming live from the CLIA Paris 2018 River Cruise Conference, Toby buzzes around the conference hall talking with guest speakers and specialists Albert Aird and Mail on Sunday's Sarah Hartley, as well as a chat with the dynamic duo themselves - Andy Harmer and Travel Weekly's Lucy Huxley.

Episode 19 - Debbie Marshall, Robert Halfpenny and Antonio Paradiso

 

Speaking to our guest speakers at the Luxury Showcase in Málaga, Andy chats with mature traveller specialist Debbie Marshall about how older travellers' expectations are changing, as well as Aurora Expeditions' Robert Halfpenny to discuss the growing luxury and expedition markets. Later, Andy sits down with MSC Cruises' MD UK & Ireland, Antonio Paradiso.

Episode 18 - Jenni Falconer, Rosemary Shrager, Janet Parton and Tony Williamson

 

Andy Harmer speaks with TV's Jenni Falconer and Celebrity Chef Rosemary Shrager at the Princess 2020 event in London this week before heading to Paris ahead of November's River Cruise Conference. Hopping aboard Avalon Tapestry II, we get the chance to chat with Sales Director Janet Parton, as well as Cruise Director Tony Williamson.

Episode 17 - Entertainment Special

 

It's entertainment week this week as part of the final week of #ChooseCruise celebrations. Talking about all things entertainment, Princess Cruises Entertainment Director Ron Goodman and Cunard Entertainment Director Sally Segoe give their unique perspectives on an ever-changing sector of the cruise world. Later, Peter Kollar gives us the latest from Australasia.

Episode 16 - Lisa McAuley, Sue Bryant, Gary Buchanan, Emma Cruises

Coming to you live from #CLIALuxury2018 in Málaga, Andy chats with guest speaker Lisa McAuley about the Expedition market. Also in this episode, we had back aboard the recently-launched Azamara Pursuit to talk with cruise journalists Gary Buchanan and Sue Bryant, and we talk to blogger Emma Cruises as part of Spa and #Wellness week for #ChooseCruise

Episode 15 - Family Cruises Special

 

Back by popular demand! It's #FamilyWeek as part of our #ChooseCruise celebrations, and travel journalist Sara Macefield sits down with Andy Harmer to talk about the perfect travel opportunities for family holidays. Later, the EnglishMum herself Becky Wiggins joins us to talk about her experiences raising children on cruise holidays.

Episode 14 - Aboard Azamara Pursuit and Celebrity Silhouette

 

Andy spends time aboard the brand new Azamara Pursuit talking with UK MD Richard Twynam and Captain Carl Smith before talking #ChooseCruise with Victor, Executive Chef of the Celebrity Silhouette.

Episode 13: Walter Littlejohn, Cruising with Ben and David

Crystal River Cruises' VP and Managing Director speaks with Toby Cruse about what to expect from Crystal and the river sector whilst Andy Harmer sits down with Ben and David from Cruising with Ben and David and Honest Cruising to discuss the appeal of Themed Cruises. Later, we have the latest update from CLIA Australasia's Peter Kollar.

Episode 12: Jo Rzymowska, Marcus Adams

It's Learning and Enrichment week as part of our #ChooseCruise celebrations, and we spoke with cruise blogger and travel expert Marcus Adams about how you can explore and learn aboard a cruise ship. Celebrity Cruises' Jo Rzymowska also makes a return to talk more about the upcoming Celebrity Edge and the future of the cruise line, and we get the latest from CLIA Australasia's Peter Kollar.

Episode 11: Leon Hand, Janet Parton & Gary Bembridge

Speaking live from Paris, Andy Harmer speaks to Avalon Waterways' Janet Parton about the growing river cruise sector and what to expect from November. Also in the episode, Andy sits down with Celebrity Cruises' Leon Hand to discuss the future of Celebrity, and we talk #ChooseCruise with Tips for Travellers' Gary Bembridge.

Episode 10 - Azamara Special!

Aboard the newly launched Azamara Pursuit, Andy Harmer speaks with co-godmother Lucy Huxley and President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises, Larry Pimentel. Later, Andy talks #ChooseCruise with Cruise Blogger Danielle Fear.

Episode 9 - Edwina Lonsdale 

Beginning with some exciting news from Andy Harmer, we sit down with Mundy Cruising's Edwina Lonsdale to discuss how the industry has changed since the 70s. Later, an update from CLIA Australasia's Peter Kollar.

Episode 8 - Lucy Huxley and Jo Rzymowska



Following the announcement of the ships being showcased at the upcoming CLIA Conference 2019, Andy chats with Celebrity Cruises' Jo Rzymowska, VP & MD for UK & Ireland, Asia and the Pacific, before talking with partner in crime Lucy Huxley as she prepares to become a cruise godmother.

Episode 7 - Bernie Carter, Teresa Machan, John Fair and Becky Wiggins

 
Andy talks about the growing luxury sector with Oceania Cruises' Bernie Carter and Telegraph Travel's Teresa Machan before sitting down with CroisiEurope's John Fair to talk about the changes to the river cruise industry in the road to the Paris Showcase in November. Cruise and Travel blogger Becky Wiggins briefly stops by to talk about what she loves about the industry.

Episode 6 - Cindy D'Aoust, Carly Perkins, Erin Johnson and Honest Cruising

President and CEO of CLIA, Cindy D'Aoust sits down with Andy Harmer this week to reflect on the cruise industry, before we talk about what to expect from Málaga with Seabourn's Carly Perkins and Silversea's Erin Johnson. Rounding off this week, the guys behind Honest Cruising chat about why they choose to cruise.

Episode 5 - Virgin Voyages, Lisa McAuley and Gary Bembridge


Andy Harmer joins us this week from Genoa, where Virgin Voyages has revealed the name of its upcoming ship, the Scarlet Lady. Also coming up this week, Andy speaks with Lisa McAuley, we sit down with cruise blogger Gary Bembridge before the latest update from CLIA Australasia's Peter Kollar.

Episode 4 - Peter Giorgi and Thomas Illes


CLIA's Toby Cruse takes over this week as we travel across the industry to take a look at what to expect in the world of cruising this summer. Meanwhile, Andy Harmer & Lucy Huxley talk to Celebrity Cruises' Peter Giorgi about technology, tourism and Celebrity Edge, and journalist Jeremy Skidmore sits down with specialist Thomas Illes to discuss sustainability and the growing popularity of cruise holidays.

Episode 3 - Tony Roberts and Sara Macefield


CLIA UK & Ireland's Andy Harmer is back with another CLIA Cruise Podcast! Attending Travel Weekly's Agent Achievement Awards, Andy spoke to some of the nominees, before sitting down with CLIA Chair and Princess Cruises VP Tony Roberts and cruise journalist Sara Macefield. But first, an Asia and Australasia update from CLIA's Peter Kollar.

Episode 2 - Jay Schneider and Patty Denny


CLIA's Andy Harmer took a trip to Miami to visit the Innovation Lab at PortMiami with Travel Weekly's Lucy Huxley to chat with Royal Caribbean's SVP Digital, Jay Schneider. Before that though, Andy sits down with Patty Denny from the Port of Seattle to discuss exactly what tourists have in store in the state of Washington.

Episode 1 - Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and Mato Franković

Join CLIA UK & Ireland's Andy Harmer on our maiden voyage across the airwaves alongside special guests including Celebrity Cruises’ President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Franković, as well as industry insiders tackling tourism, sustainability, and the future of cruising.